The Value of Fixed-Reimbursement Healthcare Insurance- Evidence from Cancer Patients in Ontario, Canada
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Critical illness insurance (CII) is a fixed-reimbursement scheme conditioned on the event of a loss, not the size of the loss. We investigate demand for CII. Consumers will be willing to purchase CII depending on their degree of risk aversion to the cost of treating illness, their forgone income, and desire for being compensated for utility loss when sick. Using a theoretical model based on Eeckhoudt (2003), we run simulations using Canadian data for CII policy reimbursement dollar values of purchases, family income, cancer expenditure, and net wealth. We then evaluate how well these models predict actual CII purchases.